How to Create A 5-Year Plan for Your Personal Growth and Life Goals

It's Easier Than You Think!

If someone asked you “where do you see yourself in 5 years,” what would you say? I know this sounds like a question a potential employer might ask you during an interview. But having a written 5-year plan for your personal growth and life goals is a smart way to plan your future. And, it’s easier to do than you think!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Writing a 5-year Personal Growth Goal Plan is easier than you think!

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Look Back Before Looking Forward

Before planning for the next 5 years, a good idea is to take a look back.  How are you doing in each of the areas most important in your life?

In my How to Create a Personal Growth Life Plan online course, I teach my students the importance of analyzing the 7 personal growth areas before setting long-term goals.

A Personal Growth area is simply an area of your life that makes up the whole of who you are. These areas work together in your life and often overlap in some way. There may be an area of your life that you’ve been neglecting that is negatively impacting one or more of the other areas.

For example, you might subconsciously know that the stress you’ve been feeling is because of a money issue. But you might not realize that the money stress is also negatively affecting your relationship with your significant other or preventing you from being able to focus.

When you have a good grasp of how you’re doing in each of the 7 Personal Growth Areas you can better plan your future.

The 7 Personal Growth Areas

Here are the 7 personal growth areas:

When analyzing each area, here are some things to think about:

  • Family: relationships with significant other, your children, other family members, friends
  • Money: your budget, emergency fund, retirement savings, colleges saving
  • Home Life: running your household, home organization, meal planning, cleaning routines, morning/evening routine
  • Community: moms groups, church, community service or volunteer work, Bible study groups
  • Passions: creative pursuits, travel, reading, writing, music, cooking or other hobbies
  • Self-care (Mind, Body, Soul): exercise, meditation, eating habits, weight loss, connection with God,
  • Personal Development: books, classes, education, career change/modification, seminars, conferences

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Do a Life Dump

Now that you have a good grasp on what’s working in your life and what’s not, it’s time to dream big.The next step in planning out your next five years is to complete what I affectionately call a “Life Dump.”

You’ll now complete what I affectionately call a “Life Dump.” The Life Dump is where you take out a piece of paper and dream your future.

What do you want to accomplish during your life?

Some of your big dreams will be personal to you, and some of them may include your significant other and your children. For your family’s big dreams, you might want to do this together. Dreaming together always fun and rewarding.

Imagine Your Next 5 Years

Taking a look at your big dreams for your life, what do you want to achieve in the next 5 years? Make a list of all of the personal growth and life goals you want to achieve in this timeframe.

Do you want to pay off debt?

Maybe you want to travel to somewhere exotic or to another country.

Are your goals health-related? Do you want to lose a significant amount of weight? Or run a marathon?

If you have an idea for a business, it may be time to pursue that passion.

Whatever it is, write it down. You control your future.

Write Your 5-Year Plan of Action

Now it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty.

How will you accomplish your goals? Well, the only way to do it is one step at a time.

Take each of your goals and begin to break them down into SMART goals. If you’re not familiar with setting SMART goals, here are some posts about goal setting and productivity to help get you started:

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These worksheets will walk you step-by-step through creating your Personal Growth Goal plan for the next year.

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Implement Your Plan

But the most important part of the 5-year plan for your personal growth and life goals is to implement it. You can do it!

I’d love to hear about your 5-year goals. Let me know what you came up with in the comments section below.

With Love and Joy,

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Writing a 5-year (or longer) Personal Growth Goal Plan is easier than you think with these simple steps.

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